Mastercard in Talks With China’s Central Bank in Push To Support Digital Yuan: Report

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Mastercard is reportedly negotiating with China’s central bank to support cross-border use of the digital yuan.

According to SCMP, the card payments giant is in talks with the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and other central banks to enable the conversion of their respective digital currencies into fiat currencies.

The idea is to use Mastercard’s global payment network consisting of 2 million ATMs and 70 million merchant partners to convert central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) into foreign currencies. 

Says Mastercard Asia-Pacific co-president Ling Hai, 

“While central banks can address their domestic issues associated with digital sovereign currencies, the role we can always play is on interoperability when the payment goes beyond a country’s borders. 

For us, supporting a central bank digital currency is similar to adding another fiat currency onto our network.”

China is currently pilot testing the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) in key cities, including Suzhou, Xiongan, Shenzhen and Chengdu

The PBOC and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority are also looking to expand the use of the virtual yuan to the Greater Bay Area, which includes Hong Kong and Macau.

In February, China joined Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates in the Multiple Central Bank Digital Currency Bridge project that explores cross-border use of sovereign digital currencies.

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